As a winemaker, Nile Zacherle knows well the vital role ingredients play in the fermentation sciences. Not just knowing what they are, but where they came from, will dictate how the winemaker approaches them, both in recipe and process, to produce the desired result. The same is true of brewing, as viewed through Zacherle’s winemaker perspective. Origin Beer “I … [Read more...] about Mad Fritz: Making Original Beer
Once upon a time, not very long ago, West Contra Costa County was a vast beer desert. Aside from BevMo and maybe a restaurant here and there with a couple of interesting taps, it seemed the craft-beer boom was destined to pass us by. Thankfully, those dark days are gone and many great beer destinations are now a reasonable Lyft ride away from Beerverse HQ. I’ll detail … [Read more...] about Richmond — City of Pride & Purpose. And Beer.
You get asked that all the time, right? “If you’re ever stranded on an island, what (fill in the blank) would you want with you?” But no one ever asks WHAT island you’d like to be stranded on. Probably someplace tropical, right? Like Maui or Guam or Jamaica? Nah. Alameda. Why? Because, quite simply, Alameda has everything the drink connoisseur would ever need to … [Read more...] about Alameda — The Island I’d Love to be Stranded On
I have two main criteria for selecting which of the hundreds of Beer Week events to attend: Hit a place I haven't visited yet, preferably BART-able, and Avoid the crowds, so I can relax and enjoy my experience without feeling too rushed. The first goal isn’t that difficult here in the Bay Area, although that says as much about how little I get out as it does for how … [Read more...] about SF Beer Week ’18: SF, SD, and the Woods of Oakland
In the midst of this waterlogged winter, another San Francisco Beer Week has washed over us. Here’s where I dipped my toes into this year’s raging currents. I Need A Miracle DIPA Release, Pacific Standard Taproom, Berkeley With the ever-increasing supply of beers from an ever-increasing industry, the problem of where they’re going to sell this stuff is becoming more acute. … [Read more...] about Beer, There, Everywhere: SF Beer Week ’17